Kickstarter stats on funding creativity

Film leads the pack with nearly $20 million in pledges and Music follows with more than $13 million. Ten of the 13 categories have seen more than $1 million in pledges.

Dollars Pledged by Category
Art: $3,184,732
Comics: $943,118
Dance: $645,492
Design: $3,601,851
Fashion: $554,048
Film: $19,717,790
Food: $1,583,063
Games: $1,052,557
Music: $13,094,547
Photography: $1,679,361
Publishing: $2,732,501
Technology: $1,748,109
Theater: $2,570,503

Film and Music???s enormous numbers skew this list a bit. More than $2.5 million pledged to Theatre projects, $600,000 to Dance projects, almost $1 million to Comics projects ??? numbers we???re proud of.

Kickstarter stats galore. Fan patronage in all its glory.


Rethink Music’s ‘Financing Creativity’ Panel Explores Concept of Fans as Patrons, Not Consumers |

Bleu, a musician who’s been through the major label ringer, was Kickstarter’s artist of the year in 2010, utilizing that service — where the musician sets a monetary goal and a time limit, hoping fans will contribute money to fund the recording process — to collect some $40,000. Of course, not all artists who use Kickstarter, or a number of other sites like it, are quite so successful.”I think half of the projects still fail,” he said. “To me that’s great — it means it’s working for the people it should be working for.”

It’s a curious concept, the panel all agreed, that the microfunding model seems to be catching on, especially when you consider how difficult it has been to get consumers to spend 99 cents on a song. Why would they rather spend $10, or even $100?

“The thing that people want is to be involved directly and feel like they’re a part of it,” Bleu said.

In earlier days, the music industry was like playing the lottery, Gotcher said. “I’m a big believer in the emerging direct-to-fan business models. Artists need to think about creating a small business and building customers over time. I think there’s a real desire among fans to cut out middlemen of any type. There is a patronage motive.”

“Paying for music has become voluntary, Ron Nordin, a VC behind companies like Nimbit, said. “Essentially now, everyone becomes a patron rather than a consumer.”

That’s partly because they appreciate being able to pay the artist directly, but also because consumers are starting to realize if they don’t, the music might not ever be made.

zero// blog – Making Contakt by Minus

In 2008 the Minus bandwagon embarked on a tour of proportions previously unheard of in electronic music. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Richie Hawtin‘s genre-defining label, the CONTAKT tour visited nine cities on three continents over the course of a year.The exceptional series of events not only featured the label’s most prominent artists, such as Magda, Troy Pierce, Marc Houle, Heartthrob and Gaiser, but also an impressive array of cutting edge technology, pioneering new methods of collaborative performance as well as audience participation via RFID chips and mobile devices.


Mike Glicksohn (1946-2011) – File 770

Mike and I felt that zines which either start as amateur zines and grow into something else (or start as something else) provided unfair competition to those who wish to remain amateurs (in the best and original sense of that word, doing it strictly and only for the love of doing it without any thought of making at least part of their living doing it) should be able to compete on a level playing field, competing only with like-minded fans.

The scifi fanzine Glicksohn and his then-wife wrote in the early 1970s won a Hugo in 1973. An interesting obituary with much about attitudes toward fandom.

Imogen Heap writing a crowd-inspired song

My fourth solo album begins here, with you on the 14th March. You are the spark of inspiration.

Have a look at the ‘keyboard’ page, hover over the piano keys, click and discover how you can get involved with sounds, words, image and video.

Why am I doing this? Well, there???s so much going on in my life with touring, talks and tech that this was both a necessity coupled with my passion for collaborative, spontaneous and creative projects. I also love the idea of turning the tables in that the seeds of the song begins with you, making a full circle when you experience it as a finished piece.

Plus… I often thrive on a deadline (Speeding Cars + Can’t take it in both written / recorded in a week) and creative limitations (Glittering Cloud – a song about locusts using purely locust samples as the rhythm track!). I want to really put myself to the test and I’m going to have fun doing it, with you!

I wonder where your ‘seeds’ are going to lead me?

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo writing with fans in 2008

You???d think, after umpteen years of fronting Weezer, not to mention those lit classes at Harvard, that Rivers Cuomo wouldn???t need anyone???s help writing a catchy tune. Nonetheless, as Pitchfork reports, he???s gone online soliciting aid from fans, addressing them directly via the magic of YouTube. In the first step of “Let???s Write a Sawng,” he picked (apparently at random) the unwritten song???s “attitude,” settling on “fun [and] poppy, but tough.” He then had listeners think up the title, which is “???80s Radio.” Now, in his third step (below), Cuomo???s asking for chords.